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Bladen County News

Bladen school board approves Joe Salas as the new head football coach for West Bladen

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Once the contract is signed West Bladen will have a new head football coach. The school board in Bladen County approved Joe Salas on Monday night after voting against his nomination last week. Full story...
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Bladen school board to hold special meeting; West Bladen to have new football coach soon

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West Bladen High School hasn't had a head football coach for three months. That may change soon. In fact the Knights will likely have a new head coach on Monday. Full story...
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Bladen Sheriff's office arrest man in shooting of homeowner during break in

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The Bladen County Sheriff's office has made an arrest in connection with shooting that occurred in January. Curtis Levi Moore has been charged with Attempted First Degree Murder, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Breaking and Entering, Felony Larceny, Possession of Stolen Goods, and (2) counts of Failing to Appear in Court. Full story...
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Suspects plead guilty in 2009 Bladen County murder

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video An Elizabethtown murder investigation is now closed. More than three years ago, a shootout at a fast food restaurant ended with a 19-year-old dead. Today, the last two defendants entered a plea in court. Full story...
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Bladen deputies looking for two men in store robbery

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Deputies are looking for two men who robbed the Grocery & Grill on Highway 41 in Bladenboro late last night. Full story...
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Joe Salas expected to be the next West Bladen football coach

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West Bladen High School has never had much of a football tradition. Perhaps that will change soon. Veteran coach Joe Salas is expected to be named head football coach of the Knights. West Bladen finished 1-9 in 2011. Full story...
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16-year-old charged with attempted murder

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Investigators in Bladen County have charged a 16-year-old boy with attempted murder after a shooting last month. Full story...
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Thieves shoot Bladen Co. woman when she arrives home

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A homeowner arrived home this morning to find a gray older model car in the driveway. Two black males exited the residence and the victim was shot by the suspects. Full story...
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Two arrested for theft of scrap metal

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Samuel Stephenson Butler II, 26, and Jessica Renea Hunt, 27, of 405 Melvin Road Elizabethtown were both arrested on 01/05/2012 and charged with Felony Larceny and Felony Possession of Stolen Property. Full story...
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Stolen shotgun recovered during New Year's Eve traffic stop

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The Bladen County Sheriff's Office says it ended 2011 by catching a man with a stolen shotgun. Full story...
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Bladen Co. man gets life in prison for 2009 murder

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A Bladen County jury ruled Kevin Christopher Rogers killed Sean Maurice Lesane in 2009 and sent him to prison for life. Full story...
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Classmates mourn 8-year-old boy killed in hunting accident

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video An eight-year-old boy died Friday after a hunting accident in Bladen County. Family and friends gathered in Clinton for James Ethan Bartley's funeral today. Meanwhile, his friends at school mourned their classmate. Full story...
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JUST ADD HOPE: Church surprises Thanksgiving shoppers with free groceries

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video A small Clarkton church is adding hope by surprising Thanksgiving shoppers with a holiday treat and footing the bill for their turkey and all the fixin's. Full story...
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Sheriff, school district say no evidence of gang issues after school fight

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Things were back to normal at West Bladen High School today. The Bladen County Sheriff's Office and school district say there was at least one fight yesterday at the school. Full story...
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Crossing enemy lines: Ken Cross starting to settle in at East Bladen

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video Leaving West Bladen to coach at East Bladen is like going from Duke to UNC. It's just not common. Back in May Ken Cross resigned as the West Bladen boys basketball coach to coach at East Bladen. It's been an adjustment for both the players and Cross, but it's a good adjustment. Full story...
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